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Learning From Your Manager – Or Not

Guest post by Dan Tobin, author of Learn Your Way to Success.

What happens when you have a problem you can’’t solve yourself?  Dan Tobin discusses five likely ways your manager will address your problems — and how even “bad” answers are valuable learning opportunities:

1.       “Don’’t bother me.  Figure it out on your own.”

2.       “Leave it with me and I’’ll take care of it.”

3.       “Here’’s the solution.”

4.       “Let me show you how to do that.”

5.       “What do you think you should do?”

So what do you do if your manager gives you one of the first three answers – how can you turn this into a learning situation?

Say to your manager: “When you have some time, can you walk me through how to solve this type of problem so that I can learn to handle it myself in the future?”

A good manager will find or make the time to help you learn.  Your job performance will never improve unless you learn to analyze and solve problems yourself.

In order to improve your current job performance and accelerate your career, learning should be a priority activity for you – today and every day. What did you learn at work today?

Daniel R. Tobin has more than 30 years of experience in the learning and development field. He has founded two corporate universities served as vice president of design and development at the American Management Association and delivered keynotes and workshops on five continents.

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